Bangladesh is the latest country to join the race to make hydrogen as a clean energy source. It has set up its first hydrogen energy laboratory with a small hydrogen production plant in Chittagong, a port city on the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh.
The new plant is inaugurated by the Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) on January 20th 2021. The scientific body also launched a hydrogen workshop to promote hydrogen and create skilled experts in the field. BCSIR Chairman Prof Dr Md. Aftab Ali Sheikh said, “Affordable hydrogen production is one of the milestones in this project.”
Currently, the plant will use waste and biomass as a feedstock. The plant is expected to play a key role in the Bangladesh hydrogen industry and set a key R&D milestone that will help develop hydrogen plants on a large commercial and industrial scale. It is also planned that using water electrolysis technology to produce hydrogen will also be employed soon.
The BCSIR has launched the project at the Ministry of Science and Technology initiative to promote Bangladesh hydrogen economy. Bangladesh is rich with water and solar resources, the two key materials required for making green hydrogen.
The Bangladesh government plans to install 300 MW of rooftop solar on government departments by 2024. The Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association ascertained that 10 GW of net-metered solar power production capacity on industrial roofs can be installed.